|Central coordinates||84o 9.58' East 23o 39.60' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A3|
|Altitude||300 - 1,140m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description Palamau Tiger Reserve lies in the western part of the Chhotanagpur plateau. It was one of the first nine Tiger reserves launched in 1973. The forest stretches from the edge of the Netarhat Hill Range in the south to the river Auranga in the north and from the Latehar- Sarju road in the east to the Madhya Pradesh border in the west. The forests of Palamau are the catchment of the River North Koel. The Reserve has Sal Shorea robusta forests in the lower slopes and Dry Deciduous forests in the upper slopes. Bamboo and scattered open grassy patches are common. Almost pure patches of Bel Aegle marmelos are unique vegetation types found mostly in the northern part of the Reserve. The Reserve also has several waterfalls and a hot water spring (Jain 2001).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Least Concern|
|White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Green Avadavat Amandava formosa||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Palamau||Sanctuary||79,433||is identical to site||79,433|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Grazing land of livestock|
Acknowledgements Key contributors: Arvind Mishra and D. S. Srivastava.
Jain, Pushp (2001) Project Tiger Status Report, Project Tiger Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, New Delhi. Unpublished.
Jain, S. I. and Sastry, A. R. K. (1983) Botany of some tiger habitats in India. Botanical survey of India, Department of Environment, Government of India.
Sinha, S. P. and Mukherjee, S. K. (1995) The Management of Palamau Tiger Reserve: A Report. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. Pp. 24.
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